It’s the most wonderful time of the year – pickle time! We just made our first batch of cucumber pickles over here and had to share. Cucumber pickles are so fast and easy to throw together. While we love the result from the more time consuming process of making “real” pickles, the “time consuming” part gets in the way too much to be practical these days.
So yesterday, we turned to the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving for help and tried out the Refrigerated Dill Slices recipe (2006, p. 292). In about 2-3 weeks, we’ll know for sure how delicious they are!
Refrigerated Dill Slices: Makes about 5 pint-sized jars
8 1/4 cups sliced trimmed pickling cukes
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
6 tbsp canning salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp pickling spice
7 1/2 tsp dill seeds
5 tsp mustard seeds
1 1/4 tsp whole black peppercorns
5 cloves garlic, halved
Set aside cucumber slices in large nonreactive bowl. In medium saucepan, combine vinegar, water, salt, sugar, and pickling spice. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Reduce heat, cover and boil gently for 10 mins.
Pour pickling liquid over cucumbers, cover with waxed paper and let cool to room temp, about 30 mins.
In each pint-sized jar, place 1 1/2 tsp dill seeds, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1/4 tsp peppercorns, and two garlic clove halves. Add cucumber slices to within a generous 1/2 inch head space of top of jar. Ladle pickling liquid into jar to cover cucumbers, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Apply lids. Allow to marinate in refrigerator for 2 weeks for best results, and use within 2 months.
Would you like to be featured in our second annual neighborhood garden tour? We need you! CONTACT US BY MAY 21 at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply to be a featured tour stop.
On Sunday, August 19 from 2-5pm, the Keystone-Monon Community Garden will host our second annual garden tour highlighting the amazing, quirky, fun, and productive home gardens we have right here in our neighborhood!
Keystone-Monon Grows will be part neighborhood garden tour, part community gathering, part garden fundraiser, and ALL fun. The event will feature a bicycle tour (automobiles also allowed) of 3-4 different home gardens in the Keystone-Monon neighborhood, a tour of the community garden at Arsenal Park, and end at the demonstration gardens at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and evening at the fair.
Date and Time: Sunday, August 20, 2-5pm
Garden Location: All types of gardens are welcomed! Gardens must fall within the Keystone-Monon boundaries – 54th St. to the north, Keystone Ave. to the east, 38th St. and Fall Creek to the south, and the Monon Trail to the west.
Commitment: Each garden stop will feature a brief tour for attendees, including Q&A with the homeowner/gardener. This should be a fun conversation, all about your garden! All gardens should submit 3-5 photos and a brief bio about themselves and their gardens for use on our website and marketing materials.
To Apply: Send a brief statement of interest/email, your address, and 3-5 pictures of your garden space to email@example.com. We are looking for all types of gardens and all levels – our goal is to show anyone that a home garden is within their reach!
So many times, we fall into the trap of making an herb “section” of our garden and putting all the herbs together. We love this article we just stumbled across on companion planting herbs – or planting them alongside certain vegetable plants to yield a stronger, more productive garden.
When you companion plant with herbs, you can:
- increase yields
- repel pests
- encourage pollination
- provide shelter for beneficial insects
Learn how to use dill, marigolds, chives, basil, parsley, lavender, and rosemary for a stronger – and tastier – garden this summer: “Companion Planting with Herbs for a More Robust Garden” by Chris Dalziel on Attainable Sustainable.
NEW THIS YEAR – yoga in the garden was so popular last summer that we’ve decided to host a weekly class starting Tuesday, May 1! Every Tuesday from May through August, we will be hosting our by-donation Yoga in the Garden class. Bring your yoga mat (if you have one – extras will be available) and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes that let you move. Pay what you are able, and ALL are welcome!
WHEN: Every Tuesday from May 1-August 28, 6-7pm
WHERE: Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park, 1400 E. 46th St., Indianapolis IN 46205
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: John-Payton Rowley is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer, Mentor, and Youth Development Coach. He started his career at the YMCA working with the youth leadership program. He received his teacher training through CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health which changed his life and gave him an invaluable deeper understanding and connection to the earth, our environment, and how we grow our food. He has a powerful intention to connect yoga and community gardens and to showcase the love and understanding of our community on a deep level. He is the resident yoga teacher at SoBeFit in South Broad Ripple and manifests human transformation, mind, body, and spirit.
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” — May Sarton